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Product Details

  • Series: Lewis & Clark Expedition
  • Mass Market Paperback: 1424 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (July 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380842939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380842933
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in Great Falls, Montana and lived in Whitefish. In high school I showed a talent for science and was awarded the Bausch and Lomb Science Award. I majored in chemistry at Montana State, Bozeman and during graduation I was given the Richardson Award for women's excellence in science. I earned my Master's Degree in Organic Chemistry at the University of Maryland, College Park, where I did research under a U.S. Naval Scholarship. After graduation I married a fellow chemist.

We had five children and each child was given a Chinook Indian name. This was not unusual for a Montanan, although Bill, my husband thought so; he was from Maryland. I explained that many things had Indian names in Western Montana and those things that were most valuable were given a name that was fitting and appropriate as a gift. For instance our first-born, Judy, was called Skookumchuck, meaning Something Good. Sally, was called Polliwog because she was always wiggly. She became a ballet dancer. Dale, hypersensitive as a small child, was named Williwaw, Storm. Patty was named Kloochman, meaning Little Woman, because she wanted to be older, like her sisters. Rick, the youngest, was named Hee Hee Tum Tum, Happy Heart. He was the one with a smile and sunny disposition.

At the University of Dayton, in Ohio, I taught organic chemistry and biochemistry.

I wrote regularly for Chemical Abstracts Service, Columbus, Ohio and worked for Monsanto. I published numerous technical papers, most of which were written while doing biochemical research at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. Later we moved and I taught chemistry at St. Louis Community College-Meremac, Kirkwood, Missouri and biochemistry for nursing students attending St. John's Mercy College. When my husband, Bill, also a chemist, retired we moved to San Luis Obispo, California where I taught chemistry at Cal Poly and joined the local historical society.

When I was in high school, I thought everyone ought to study American history and become thoroughly acquainted with some chosen segment in order to appreciate our heritage. I began to study the Lewis and Clark Expedition. My concern for this Expedition and my awareness of the importance of St. Louis as the gateway to the West was emphasized when we moved to St. Louis, Missouri. I began to wonder where Sacajawea really came from and where did she go after the Expedition what happened to her first-born son nicknamed Pomp by members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. I did ten years of research and my husband and I and our five children traveled the Lewis and Clark trail by automobile three times for summer vacations. We stopped at all the Indian reservations, universities and libraries and museums for information about the Shoshoni woman who went with the Expedition halfway across our continent on foot and by canoe. During the winters I took college courses in American Indian anthropology and archaeology and I went on digs in a satellite community related to the old Mississippian culture from Missouri's Monks Mound. My finished book was titled, SACAJAWEA.

My second book titled, PRAIRIE, began from my interest in ordinary people who do extra ordinary things that affect the history of the American West. One day I had a telephone call from a granddaughter of C. B. Irwin. She wanted me to write the story of her grandfather. I knew nothing of his history; had never heard of him. I said I was busy with some other writing and would get back to her later. A week later I received a scrapbook with hundreds of clippings about C. B. Irwin, with no dates, no names of the newspapers or magazines. C. B. Irwin was so interesting that Bill and I went to Laramie and Cheyenne Wyoming to organize the scrapbook clippings in sequence. C. B. was a great Wyoming hero of rodeos and horse racing in the early American West. He was with the first group of men who organized the annual Frontier Days Rodeo in Cheyenne. His wife was not fond of ranch life, especially after their only son was killed while riding a bucking bronco. C. B. loved ranch life and not only had a big ranch about forty-five miles north of Cheyenne, called the Y6, but he had a horse ranch south of San Diego next to the Mexican border in California about where San Luis Rey is today. He was a friend of General John Pershing, Barney Oldfied, John Red Cloud, Fred Astair, Jackie Coogan, Douglas Fairbanks, Buffalo Bill, Tom Mix, Charlie Russell and Will Rogers. All of them spent time on his ranch, especially Will Rogers, who used the ranch of a place to rest between and after his cowboy touring shows. C. B. and his brother, Frank, sang at the hanging of Tom Horn.

Bill and I spent ten days in Wales, going to universities, libraries and hunting historical sites and old standing stones as I began to write a series of books about Madoc, who came to North America in the 12th century, long before Columbus. We were there in June and it was cold and rainy. Our Welsh library card read, "You have ten clear days for literary research." Actually that meant ten consecutive days.

The Druid Welshmen, who believed in the brotherhood of man, were often called pagans, in the twelfth century, lived in fear of harassment and being beheaded by English soldiers under orders from King Henry 11. Madoc loaded ten ships with about a month's worth of supplies, food and water, farm animals and all the willing druids he can find and sailed to an unknown land south of the known land occupied by the Vikings.

I believe readers will visualize druids with their tattooed honor marks and ancient rituals, as ordinary people we know today who believe in love, courage and honor, but feel the pangs of dislike, fear and disgrace. Madoc fulfills a druidic prophecy of being the savior of the ancient druids and their extraordinary knowledge of natural philosophy, which we would call science. He learned early astronomy when he was a shipmaster and he learned more about the cyclic rhythms of sun, moon, stars and constellations from the Maya Skywatcher. He was told about their prophesy of End Time.

Customer Reviews

Well written and very well researched.
Marianne Kozlik
It is a very long book but I have never lost interest in it.
filly
Each time I read the book, I learn something new.
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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Rissa on May 22, 1998
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I was completely enthralled with this book during the month it took me to read it and now that I have finished it, I feel like I am saying good-bye to a true and valued friend. Anna Lee Waldo has created a scholarly masterpiece that deserves to be read by future generations, not just by North Americans seeking to learn more about their countries, but by people all over the world. Sacagawea's story of perservance, hope and belief in herself are an inspiration for everyone. Although the book covers all of what is known about Sacagawea's life, there appears to be some question as to when and where exactly she died. Waldo presents the known facts and lets the reader decide for him/herself. The book contains hundreds of interesting footnotes as well as a detailed biography. There is also a small, rather inadequate map -- you may find you need to get a larger, clearer one of the area in order to keep up with Sacagawea's travels throughout the west. My only problem with the book was the cover which makes it look like an historical romance which it is decidedly not (although it does contain love and romance and joy as well as sorrow and pain). I am greatful to amazon.com for helping me to find this wonderful book, to echo what jhogan said earlier, why isn't this book better known?
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Caz on July 8, 2000
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If you're a fan of historical fiction, this is a must-read title.
Waldo has done a superb job in relaying the true story of Sacjawea - Lewis & Clark's guide (and she was oh so much more...). This is a HUGE fictional, yes, but you'll be so absorbed - veritably transported to the time and place - you'll not notice, trust me!
When I got to the end of the book, it was with a sense of accomplishment (it's over 1400 pages) and some regret that it was over (I didn't want it to end!)... mixed feelings, for sure. This is one of my all-time fave fiction titles. Can't recommend it highly enough!
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By pamela krage (pkrage@webtv.net) on October 15, 1999
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This is one of the best,well writen books that I have read in a long time. I treasure my tattered copy and I urge others to read this great adventure. Ms. Waldo is an excellent writer and her works are a treasure.A large book,even in paperback,over 1400 pages. But once you start reading it will be very hard to put down.I highly recommend it for everyone.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Henkle on November 5, 1999
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I first read Sacajawea 15 years ago and it became my favorite book. I've had the tattered paperback all this time and last week deciced to reread it. I read all 1400 pages in a week's time and I still claim it in the top five favorite books. Every woman should read this book.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2001
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I was in middle school when I first read this book. It took me a whole week to finish, having over 1400 pages. I couldn't put it down. I used to sneak and read it in class. I read while on the bus going to and from school. I would use a flash light while laying in my bed at night and read. I got into trouble one night and the book was taken away from me for a day. Boy was I mad!
I found the story to flow quite well. I was never left with a feeling that something had been left out. I could "feel" all of the emotions that Sacajawea experienced. It makes me feel embarrassed at how the indian nation as a whole has been, and still to this day, treated.
I thoroughly enjoyed every page. I became more interested in history after reading this book. In fact, two days after I finished reading the book the Louis & Clark expedition was brought up in my history class. I had answers to so many of the questions the teacher asked. No one in the class had even heard of Sacajawea, but I had.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By triquestral on December 5, 2010
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I haven't finished this book yet, but it's a great read, don't get me wrong. I just wanted to comment on the poor editing of the Kindle edition. I really wish that someone (ahem ...AMAZON) had put a little work into proofreading before they Kindle-ized it and charged twice the paperback price. I was willing to pay more (and wait for it to come out on Kindle) because it is such a long book, and thus is way more portable on my Kindle. But there are words that are run together all over the book. I suppose that they were the last/first words in a line in the original book, and so didn't have a space and so therefore in the Kindle edition they are just run together. It's not that it makes it unreadable - it's just annoying and disappointing that they cut corners this way. I guess it's a point of a lot of grumbling among many Kindle readers that the Kindle books are so expensive compared to what it must cost to produce them. I just wish that Amazon would make sure that the quality you get is AT LEAST the same as you'd get if you bought the book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Reynard VINE VOICE on March 20, 2010
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This book is not for the faint of heart or those who want a quick read. At 1328 pages for just the story and an additional 61 pages of notes this is a titan of a read. But every page is well worth it.

It starts out when Sacajawea is a young girl and covers her capture and enslavement by the Mandan tribe. While with the Mandans she is subjected to rape at around age 11 (the book makes it somewhat hard to pinpoint her age at times), learns the art of glass making, and then is eventually sold off to another tribe. This tribe is a lot kinder to her and she has a few easy years until she is lost in a wager to her future husband (the perverted Toussaint Charbonneau).

We next see Sacajawea pregnant with her first child (John Baptiste also known as Pomp) when she attracts the attention of Lewis and Clark. As her man Charbonneau is to be an interpreter for the expedition, her wit and intelligence cause Clark to ask for her to come along as well. He also reasons that a party traveling with a woman and baby will not look like a war party.

Regarding her travels with Lewis and Clark, while the travel west was covered extensively, the return was not given as much detail. Upon their journey they meet several local Indian tribes and the author seems to really hone in that all these people are fond of the native salmon, rotting or fresh, and the character's disdain for the meal. In all, I expected this to be a large part of the book when in reality it was only 300-400 pages worth of the book. While the rest of her life was definitely worth writing about, it seems like the author could have spent more time on this subject as it is one of the more well known parts of her life.
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